Goals from Victor Osimhen and Ahmed Musa helped Nigeria beat Liberia 2-0 in the match-day 5 of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco on Saturday.
The Super Eagles remain top of the group with 12 points, two points more than Cape Verde who sit second in Group C.
Nigeria needed to win away to Liberia in Tangier to remain in contention and protect their place on top of the log. And they beat the fellow West Africans courtesy of a pair of penalties scored by Osimhen and Musa in either half of the game.
The three-time African champions exerted pressure on the Lone Star from the blast of the whistle with Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Osimhen causing problems for the hosts.
Gernot Rohr’s side were awarded a penalty in the 15th minute after Iheanacho was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Boison Wynney.
Osimhen stepped up as he coolly converted from the spot to break the deadlock. The goal helped calm the Eagles as they controlled the game and guarded their lead.
Iheanacho was the busiest player on the pitch as he continued to cause more problems for the Lone Star. The Foxes forward set up Osimhen in the 32nd minute, but the Napoli striker missed the target with only Wynney to beat and the score remained 1-0 as the referee signaled the end of the first half.
The Eagles continued to control the game after the restart but couldn’t create any clear-cut chances.
With 60 minutes on the clock, Rohr introduced Chidera Ejuke for Iwobi before bringing on the captain just three minutes into the end of the game.
They doubled the tally with virtually the last kick of the game, substitute Musa converted a penalty after Osimhen was again pulled down by the keeper inside the box.
In the other game in Group C, Cape Verde came from a goal down to beat Central Africa Republic 2-1 to remain second with 10 points, two behind Nigeria.
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